We are writing to confirm that part of the meeting on October 30 will be to amend the Constitution and Bylaws and we wish to clarify that the notice of motion regarding the proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws constitutes a special resolution under our current bylaws. The proposed amendments and the motions the membership will be asked to vote on will be discussed at the meeting on October 30 (Link to Notice).
Subject to sections 17.2 and 17.3 of the Constitution, the constitution or by-laws may be amended or revised by special resolution at the annual general meeting or at a special general meeting called for the purpose of amending the constitution or bylaws, provided that there is quorum and any amendment or revision is approved by three-quarters of those members present and voting. As the Faculty Association has not generally achieved quorum at our meetings, we have set up an electronic vote to ensure that all members have a chance to weigh in on the proposed changes. If, however, a quorum is met, we will take a vote on the motions listed below at that meeting.
BE IT RESOLVED that effective upon the Association’s transition to the new Societies Act, SBC 2015, c.18, the Association’s purposes as set out in its Constitution be revised to read as follows:
The purposes of the Society are:
- to promote the welfare of faculty members and other persons in its bargaining unit employed by the University of British Columbia; and
- to act as the bargaining agent for all persons in its bargaining unit with the University of British Columbia and to regulate relations between the persons in its bargaining unit and the University through collective bargaining.
BE IT RESOLVED that effective upon the Association’s transition to the new Societies Act, SBC 2015, c. 18, the Association’s existing Bylaws be rescinded and replaced with the attached new Bylaws:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Association, upon transition to the new Societies Act, will be a “member-funded society” under that Act.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Association’s Executive Director may take all of the necessary steps to transition the Association to the new Act, or may instruct the Association’s legal counsel to take such steps.
For more information on these resolutions, including background on the proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, please see the full notice on our website.
UBC Faculty Association